10 freaky facts about food (1/10)

We rounded up the bizarre things you may not know about some common foods. All foods mentioned are considered safe to consume, but these facts may lead you to think before you eat

jellybeans candy

Shellac is made from bug excrement

Jellybeans are a tasty treat and come in many flavours, but did you realize their shiny coating is made from bug feces? Shellac, also known as confectioner’s glaze, is made from a resin excreted by the female lac beetle, indigenous to India and Thailand. The resin is processed into flakes, dissolved in denatured alcohol to make liquid shellac, and then sprayed on food products or used to make lacquer for hardwood floors and furniture.

Shellac is also sprayed on grocery store apples to make them shiny and keep them fresh in the store. When you pick an apple fresh from the tree and rub it on your shirt, you will produce a nice shine from the natural waxy protection already present in the apple skin. But if you wash that apple first, you won’t be able to make it shine as washing it removes the waxy coating. Apples sold in grocery stores must be washed for sanitary reasons and then sprayed with a fine mist of shellac to restore outer skin protection. Without this waxy layer, the washed apples would spoil too quickly.

    1   ...   >>    

Secrets to Staying Healthy & Happy


Peach Quick Bread

Adapted from Swap & Drop Diet, Best Health (Reader's Digest Canada)Ingredients2 medium peaches1 ½ cups all-purpose flour¾ cup whole-wheat flour¼ cup toasted wheat germ¾ cup sugar1 tsp baking soda½ tsp salt½ cup fat-free … [Read More...]


7 holiday health hazards (and how to avoid them!)

1. FireWinter is Canada’s worst season for house fires, says Fire Prevention Canada. Protect your family by:• Ensuring space heaters have at least one metre of clearance on all sides;• Having fireplaces and chimneys cleaned and inspected early in the … [Read More...]

Tips for healthy, delicious packed lunches

I don't know about you, but I often get in a lunchbox rut. It's hard to be creative day after day when putting together lunches. But Theresa Albert is at the rescue with these kid- and adult-friendly tips she's put together for Mott’s … [Read More...]


Nut-Free Pad Thai

Recipe courtesy Lucy Waverman and King Pharmaceuticals CanadaIngredients8 oz (250 g) flat rice noodles (about 1/4-inch/5-mm wide)Sauce3 tbsp (45 mL) sugar3 tbsp (45 mL) fish sauce1/4 cup (50 mL) lime juice2 tbsp (25 mL) seasoned rice wine vinegar (or … [Read More...]